NEWARK - Michael Del Zotto took a seat for the third straight game, technically with a sore groin/abdomen that kept him out of practice on Tuesday.
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"He's a mature kid," Tortorella said of Del Zotto, who did practice with 10 teammates in an optional morning skate Wednesday. "He understands, we've been explaining it to him. I don't think there's any gray area in this situation."
Del Zotto, who stayed on the Prudential Center ice well after his teammates as the only spare body, has not gotten down on himself despite not playing since Dec. 18. He was out with the flu against the Lightning and a healthy scratch against the Islanders.
"He should be positive because he's a really good player," Tortorella said. "It's a bump and we're going to grind through it and make him a better player."
White sent to minors
White - who has now cleared waivers three times this year - went down.
"Honestly, he's 35 and we're looking to try and develop the team," Tortorella said. "Weise has come up and played a good game, you may see him again. Zuccarello's up here now. We're trying to build our team with youth."
Erik Christensen went hard into the Devils net midway through the second period and suffered a sprained right knee. Weise was recalled after the game.